Leamington Spa (1862)

Sir,?A few days since, the Rev. J. DENHAM SMITH, on his way from Dublin to the Isle of Wight with an afflicted relative, stopped in this town for rest. Accidentally meeting a Christian friend, he was induced to preach in the Public Hall to the cabmen of the town. Such was the impression produced by this service that Christians of all denominations united to invite him to remain among us for a few days. He consented. Meetings have been held in most of the chapels in the town, and the Public Hall at midday and in the evening during the past fortnight. To some of us, who had only heard or read of the Revivals of Ireland and America, the effects of these meetings have been amazing. The places of meeting have been thronged by all classes of persons. Some of the leading and titled aristocracy and the poorest individuals in the town have been there. Episcopalians and Dissenters have united both in prayer and in hearing the word, and the impression produced on the audience has exceeded anything ever witnessed by some of us. Persons have been smitten to the heart; have felt the heavy burden of sin; have agonized in prayer for mercy, and have found peace with God in the space of a few days or hours. At present no one can tell what will be the issue of these cases. We have conversed with many of these persons. Of some we have no doubt, believing that they are truly converted to God. Persons of the most abandoned lives, as well as those who are outwardly moral, seem alike affected. One man told the writer that he had committed every crime under heaven, save murder and theft, and yet was rejoicing in the consciousness of pardon. At one meeting, a husband was converted; next day his wife found peace. In one family it is said that three persons were converted, while in another a son was rejoicing that both his parents and three sisters had been brought to the feet of Jesus. In fact, not a single meeting was held without the power of God being felt. Mr Smith's simple, earnest, scriptural presenta?tion of a present, perfect salvation in Christ of the death and resurrection, and identification of the pardoned sinner with his risen Saviour has softened hearts of stone.

It was suggested by some Episcopalian friends, that the last service should be a united communion-meeting of all Christians. Accordingly, it was held last evening. The large chapel in Spencer-street (congregational) was thronged with communi?cants in the lower part of it, and spectators in the galleries. It was a most delightful sight, and one never to be forgotten. Episcopalians and Dissenters, Wesleyans of every division, In?dependents and Baptists, with many ministers, met around the table to commemorate the great work of their common Saviour. Mr Smith's visit will never be forgotten here.

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume VI, page 94.

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